Authorities take pit bulls accused of killing neighbor’s pet in Olney

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Animal-control officers Wednesday evening took custody of four dogs in the city’s Olney section accused of mauling to death a neighbor’s pet on Easter Sunday.


Officers from the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia and city police removed three pit bulls and a pit-bull mix from the 200 block of West Wellens Street, where they were unsecured outside their owner’s house, said ACCT executive director Vincent Medley.

“These dogs essentially have people prisoners in their own homes,” Medley said of the neighborhood.


The dogs got loose on Sunday and killed a neighbor’s 3-year-old cocker spaniel and poodle mix named Lola, Medley said.

ACCT has been to the house 12 times since February 2016 in response to complaints, but the owner has never been home, said ACCT spokeswoman Ame Dorminy. He was not home again Wednesday, but police and ACCT decided the situation was too dangerous.

The four dogs were taken to ACCT’s shelter to be held for a 10-day quarantine while their owner faces a judge with a police-issued citation for harboring dangerous dogs.

If a judge agrees to designate the dogs as dangerous, the owner will face numerous requirements and costs to keep the dogs, or he can surrender them to ACCT, Medley said.



















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